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“Unknown” to the National Counterterrorism Center, the new leader of Al Qaeda

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Zawahri — who took over the terror group after its founder Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011 — was killed in a US airstrike in Afghanistan on July 31.

Mystery shrouds the succession of al-Qaeda terror group leader Ayman al-Zawahri of Egypt, who was killed in a US raid last year, a top US intelligence official said today.

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Zawahri — who took over the terror group after its founder Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011 — was killed in a US airstrike in Afghanistan on July 31.

“The question for al Qaeda, which has not been answered by itself, is who succeeded him (Zawahri),” said National Counterterrorism Center (NTCC) director Christine Abizaid when asked about the new leadership of al Qaeda after the death of Zawahri, during an event organized by the Washington Institute.

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Saif al-Adel, a former officer in the Egyptian army’s Special Forces, is seen by experts as the front-runner to succeed Zawahri. The United States has issued a $10 million bounty on him.

Abizaid also addressed the threat level to the U.S., stressing that Americans must remain vigilant when it comes to overseas jihadist organizations such as al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group.

“Lone wolves” remain the most important threat to the US, the NTCC director said, echoing a recent assessment by the US Department of Homeland Security.

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